OpenStreetMap

OSMCha alternatives (sort of)

Posted by martien-176 on 21 September 2022 in English.

OSMCha (https://osmcha.org/) was down and i felt crippeled. This tool has become an essential part of my workflow lately.

So to be prepared for the next time OSMCha is not available i gathered some usefull alternatives (although less “luxurous” as the original).

Changeset level:

Node/way/relation level:

This is primarily a “note to self”.

But if someone has nice additions to this list, please add them in the comments.

Discussion

Comment from 4004 on 2 October 2022 at 03:14

Yep, I was left with the same thought!

All of these (as far as I know) lack the main feature of OSMCha, which is to filter and show all change sets in a specific area sorted by date. Pascal Neis has some tools with similar functionality, but generally limited to a smaller area. Achavi is also a good tool for changeset-level review

Comment from MxxCon on 3 October 2022 at 02:32

You can achieve somewhat similar results to osmcha with https://simon04.dev.openstreetmap.org/whodidit/ It’s not as convenient, but it allows you to get RSS feed of changesets to the desired area, and from there shortcuts to other useful apps.

Comment from tordans on 3 October 2022 at 04:46

There is a new tool in the making that might be an alternative or fallback for OSMCha. There is not a lot public yet except https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Monitoring_Tool. But I heard that more info will be posted soon.

So to be prepared for the next time OSMCha is not available…

To put it out there: In my opinion we should come start talking about how to make OsmCha more reliable. There has to be something that can be done with servers and server monitoring, that will help Wille with maintaining the project. That could be something the EWS helps with https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Engineering_Working_Group. Ideally, Wille and EWS would start a conversation about that. Maybe the foundation can manage the servers or something … — I will not have the time to manage that conversation myself, but maybe someone here has.

Comment from Privatemajory on 4 October 2022 at 05:06

There is a new tool in the making that might be an alternative or fallback for OSMCha. There is not a lot public yet except https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Monitoring_Tool. But I heard that more info will be posted soon.

This is exciting!

And I agree that maybe the OSM Foundation should look into supporting some tools for coordinating and monitoring OSM edits (Tasking Manager, OsmCha, Osmose…). Such tools help us maintain the quality of OpenStreetMap data.

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